Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wade Welsh 1968 Varsity Jackets Football Team

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Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1986 Varsity Jackets Football Lettermen #82
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School

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Gerald is a professional Internet marketer and social media marketing expert. His online business ventures and websites generate multiple streams of income annually. His
consulting clients include best selling authors and international speakers.

Gerald is the CEO/President of Lacey LLC and OmariWholesale, Inc. He runs his entire business from his home where he is able to spend quality time with his family and friends. He is passionate about helping individuals to build and monetize their personal brand online.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gerald Lacey To Join Lake County Sports Show In 2012, December 21, 2011


Contact Information:

Lake County Sports Show
William Matthews
Show Host
buccaneerbilly@embarqmail.com
352-787-9523

Sonny Bronson
Show Co-Host
sonny.bronson@yahoo.com
352-787-9523

Gerald Lacey
Contributor
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
leesburgyellowjacketsfootball@yahoo.com
WLBE790AM
32900 Radio Road
Leesburg, Florida 34788
352-787-7900


LAKE COUNTY SPORTS SHOW ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF CARVER HEIGHTS QUARTERBACK CLUB STAFF WRITER GERALD TO THE SHOW.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Leesburg, Florida December 21, 2011 

Lake County Sports Show, WLBE790AM and, the Carver Heights Quarterback Club is pleased to announce that Gerald Lacey will be joining the Lake County Sports Show, effective January 7, 2012.

The Lake County Sports Show is designed to promote Lake County Sports and talk about sports that effect Lake County. The Carver Heights Quarterback Club was founded by Gerald Lacey in the spring of 2010. The Club sponsors several websites and blogs which help promote Leesburg High School Athletics. Lacey will interview past, current and future Jacket greats on a biweekly segment during Lake County Sports Show. The show will take place live at the studio of WLBE790AM in Leesburg, Florida every Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

The Lake County Sports Show will celebrate it's one year anniversary on January 7, 2012. Leesburg High School Athlete D'Mauri Jones will be in studio for a live interview on that date. Jones who has committed to play football at the University of Miami (FL) in 2012 will be the feature guest on the one year anniversary of the show. 


The shows host William "Billy" Matthews is the radio play by play announcer for Leesburg High School Football. Matthews has worked for a number of radio stations in Lake County off and on over the past 30 years. While at WKIQ1240am in Eustis and LakeCoRadio.com he served as The Sports Director. Matthews has broadcast High School football, Little League Baseball, College Baseball Tournaments and Leesburg Lightning Baseball.  He as also served as the Public Announcer for Eustis High School girls and boys basketball and LSCC Volleyball.



The show's other Co-Host Sonny Bronson is also the host of the Belton Bail Bonds Scoreboard show which airs on WLBE790AM during the high school football season.


"We look forward to Gerald Lacey becoming a regular contributor to the Lake County Sports Show on my790am each Sat. from noon-2pm"
Lake County Sports Show host Billy Matthews December 20, 2011.

"We are happy to have Carver Heights Quarterback Club Staff Writer Gerald Lacey on the Lake County Sports Show as a regular contributor. His interviews with the former, current, and future legends of Leesburg High school athletics will be a great addition to the show. We here at the Lake County Sports Show hope that Gerald's interviews help us grow, and continue to be at the pinnacle of Lake County athletic reporting."

Belton Bail Bonds Scoreboard Show and Lake County Sports Show Co-Host Sonny Bronson December 20, 2011 


"I am pleased to have the opportunity to join Billy Matthews and Sonny Bronson on the Lake County Sports Show. I would like to thank WLBE790AM for allowing me to bring my online content to their radio audience. The Carver Heights Quarterback Club is looking forward to helping expand the Lake County Sports Show and Leesburg High School Athletics brand worldwide in 2012."

Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club, December 20, 2011. 



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Monday, December 19, 2011

Upshaw, Keller Run Wild For JV's, September 13, 1970



Black Defeats Orange


By WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
September 13, 1970

The annual Orange and Black preseason intrasquad classic became history last night, with the white shirted Black team squeaking out a tight one over the junior varsity laden Orange by a 17-12 margin.

Leaving no doubt that they came to play and to impress, the Orange team took the ball on their first series of downs and moved downfield in orderly fashion to slam the ball in from four yards out for the game's opening score. With Jeff Hancock handling the Orange controls, the drive started with ninth grader hope for the future, big Alex Upshaw, churning off the left side for a ten yard pickup.

This set the pace for the opening touchdown, as gritty little Bill Keller countered on the same play for another ten yard gainer. Upshaw peeled around his right end on a sweep on his next attempt and rambled sixteen yards before the stop was made by Jimmy Busby.

Hancock cranked up his passing arm on the next play and connected with Joe Carson down to the 18 yard line of the Black. Upshaw again was called upon and the strapping halfback picked up eleven yards down to the seven yard stripe.

From this point, Bill Keller was called upon and NO. 33 came through to put the first touchdown on the board for the Junior Varsity offense.

The attempt for the extra point failed.

The fired up Black came back on offense with a rush and under the leadership of regular varsity signal caller, Andy Carlton, set up shop with Guthrie and Ryan as his setbacks. On first down, Ryan was halted after a two yard pickup and Guthrie picked up four yards on second down. Faced with a third and four, Carlton ran the ball for enough yardage to gain the first down. Andy came right back with a fine completion to his tight end, rugged Kenny Hicks, at the two yard marker.

With a golden opportunity to even up the score, Ryan was stopped for only a one yard gainer, but Guthrie slipped through a hole with a determined bit of running to knot the score at six apiece. Then Elton came on to boot the extra point and the varsity-led Black squad led 7-6.

Time ran out in the first quarter with the Orange in possession of the football. Keller and Upshaw ground out another first down before the drive stalled and the Black took over on offense.

On first down after taking the ball over, Carlton tried the long one to Jerome Kerrison but the play fell incomplete. Guthrie reeled off an eighteen yard scamper leaving the ball at the 20. here the drive halted and Gene Elton was called upon for the field goal attempt from the twenty. The kick sailed right through the uprights and the Black now owned a 10-6 advantage.

Not ready to be counted out yet, the Orange youngsters set up on offense and once again the team of Keller and Upshaw showed some fine exhibitions of legwork. Both youngsters ran the ball with fierce determination and showed the desire that it takes to become fine varsity football players.

Keller took the first down handoff from Hancock and blasted for eight yards up the middle. Upshaw was nailed trying to sweep wide an lost back seven of the yardage Keller had gained. Upshaw got the nod on third and long yardage and the big one rambled for eight, bringing up a fourth and one situation for the first down. Alex again got the call to pick up the tough yardage through the middle and he responded with a three yard gainer, good for another Orange first and ten.

With the drive still alive, the opening carry by Keller gained only one. Upshaw lost three going wide and Hancock fired a completion good for twelve yards to his big end, Joe Carson. Hancock carried himself for the first down on another fourth and one yard gamble.

Jeff came right back on first down to throw a 30 yard completion to his wide receiver on the right side. After this long gainer, Upshaw got the nod and responded with a ten yard romp down to the Black nine yard line. Alex again was called upon and into the end zone he galloped to make the scored Orange 12 Black 10. On the touchdown by Upshaw, the 6-3 180 pounder made a beautiful cutback once over the line of scrimmage to run into paydirt untouched.

The first half ran out with the score remaining in favor of the junior varsity-led Orange.

Kenny Hill came on at quarterback for the varsity in the second half and led the team on a march that faltered after gaining a pair of first downs. Setting up in the backfield with Hill was Haywood Richardson at one running back and Carl Chatman at the other. Both boys showed some hard running in their stints in the ballgame, with Richardson driving with reckless abandon on his running chances.

Chatman clicked off a nineteen yard sprint for the long gainer in this short lived drive and the Orange went back on offense deep in their own backyard.

Starting from the one, the Orange ground out a first down behind Keller and Upshaw but had to turn the ball back over to the Black. The offense of the Black couldn't move the ball in for a score and once again the Orange took possession deep in their own territory. They didn't stay there long, however, as Upshaw rolled around his own left end and it took fifty one yards before Jim Busby could make the stop from behind. Alex came right back for another nineteen yard lope and the Orange was making a serious bid to score again.

This drive fizzled and Andy Carlton brought his charges out on to the field trailing the JV boys, 12-10. Immediately Andy went to work, getting a lot of yardage out of his runners, Guthrie and Ryan.

Andy pitched a scoring toss to Kenny Hicks but the officials spotted an infraction against the offense and the score was nullified. The penalty was a long one but on the next call Andy hit Tommy Ryan coming out of the back field and Tommy lugged it into paydirt, giving the Black a hard-earned 17-12 victory over the scrappy Orange. Once again, Gene Elton split the uprights for another extra point.

The game was highlighted by good play on behalf of several of the younger players, which is what the coaches were looking for out of the game. The running of Upshaw and Keller on the Orange, and Richardson and Chatman on the Black must have been encouraging to the coaching staff, as this position has been slow to round into form, so far.

Secondary play by Marvin King, Steve Ezell, Jim Busby, and Dale McClelland was particularly sharp, as was the linebacking of LaVelle Rixie, late in the ballgame.

Big varsity starting defensive end Ken Mosely played a very aggressive game for the Orange tonight and once this young giant learns how to handle his position, he should be a big boost to the defensive front thrown up by the Jackets this year.

The only serious casualty in the game was Brent Gibbs and his injury extent was not known. All in all, the game was a whopping success, as the crowd was very good for a bad weather night and the action on the field matched the crowd.

All proceeds from the game went to the Dad's Club. This was a very worthy cause and once again, Leesburg sports fans have come through again. We have a great group of Yellow jacket boosters here and they will surely make their presence known this year.

Upshaw led the ball carriers as the big speedster raced for over 125 yards on the ground. It doesn't appear to be to far in the future that the ninth grader might get a one-way ticket to the varsity with continued improvement.

Resources
WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
Daily Commercial
www.dailycommercial.com
September 13, 1970
 

Leesburg Public Library
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Article provided by:
Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1986 Varsity Jackets Football Lettermen #82
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School 
















Gerald is a professional Internet marketer and social media marketing expert. His online business ventures and websites generate multiple streams of income annually. His consulting clients include best selling authors and international speakers.

Gerald is the CEO/President of Lacey LLC and OmariWholesale, Inc. He runs his entire business from his home where he is able to spend quality time with his family and friends. He is passionate about helping individuals to build and monetize their personal brand online

Dad's Club Goes To Work Next Saturday, August 9, 1970




By WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
August 9, 1970

Next Saturday morning, the Leesburg Dad's Club will tackle a job that no one has any heart for but is absolutely necessary. The east section of the Memorial Stadium seats was torn down during the spring, in anticipation of the construction of the new $65,000 concrete section, given tentative approval at the time.

Red tape has been the bugaboo of the project, as it is in so many times situations, and the final financial arrangements could not be made in time for the new football season. The project is still the primary goal of the Dad's Club for the next year and it will mean a very active season on behalf of all club members, making sure that all plans have the green light when the time comes.

Now, that brings us to the problem of putting the old wooden section of bleachers back up in the proper way. It is a small task if enough personnel is on hand to help out and that is what we need right now. Enough help.

With the season opener on September 25 against DeLand at home, the seats have to be fully installed and safety checked before the season can get underway. If you can postpone your golf game or fishing trip for one weekend, come on out next Saturday and give us a hand as we skin our knuckles and mash our fingers, just having a ball putting the stands back in the original order.

Boxing fans in our area will be happy to hear that young Hector McBride, Tampa featherweight and laimant to the State Featherweight title, was named as Ring Magazine's Featherweight Prospect of the Month for September. McBride made two local appearances during the tenure of the Leesburg Boxing Association and the classy fighter impressed everyone round with his style of boxing. Hector also mad several appearances on the Orlando Sports Stadium cards of Pete Ashlock and everywhere the youngster appears he leaves the crowd very pro-Hector McBride when he is finished with his opponent.

McBride will appear in Tampa Monday night in what should be the toughest fight of his 15 bout career, going against Gillermo Benzant, the tall Dominican Republic feather champ. McBride, called the Toy Terrier by the Tampa press, is managed by highly regarded Low Viscusi and trained by wily old veteran, Bill Gore. Both men are the upper echelon of the fight business and both are predicting a championship future for McBride.


Resources
WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
Daily Commercial
www.dailycommercial.com
August 9, 1970


Leesburg Public Library
http://www.ci.leesburg.fl.us/library/
 

 









Article provided by:
Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1986 Varsity Jackets Football Lettermen #82
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School  
















Gerald is a professional Internet marketer and social media marketing expert. His online business ventures and websites generate multiple streams of income annually. His consulting clients include best selling authors and international speakers.

Gerald is the CEO/President of Lacey LLC and OmariWholesale, Inc. He runs his entire business from his home where he is able to spend quality time with his family and friends. He is passionate about helping individuals to build and monetize their personal brand online
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High Schools Hard At Work, August 19, 1970



By WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
Daily Commercial
August 19, 1970

The high school football practice season has arrived in full stride at area schools and with the extremely warm temperatures of the past couple of days, it shouldn't take long for the coaches to round the squads into perfect playing condition.

The temperature at the Leesburg high School practice field yesterday afternoon clipped the 95 degree mark, but under controlled sessions, the Yellow jackets should be in fine fettle by the first day of full pads.

After only two days of the practice session gone by, we are impressed with the fine leadership qualities exhibited by several of the players, all of whom are being counted on for yeoman duty this year.
Veterans like Lynn Gilbert, who checked in at 226 pounds; Greg Johnson, carrying a frame that could stand anther 25 pounds tacked to it; Andy Carlton, passing more superbly than ever; Tommy Ryan, weighing in at 195 pounds and looking better ever day at his running back spot; and tough little Hovie Guthrie, complimenting Ryan in fine style in the offensive backfield.

Kenny Hicks has looked greatly improved over his spring showing, offering Coach Lofton and his staff a strong appearing tight end for the upcoming campaign. Hicks has looked especially good sin the pass route drills run by coach Wettstein. He will offer his size and strength to the passing offense directed by junior quarterback Andy Carlton.

Andy is right on the beam with his passes in the early going, convincing more people everyday of his superior ability in throwing the pigskin. We chatted with some of the coaches yesterday and they feel as we do that the junior passer deluxe has to be rated right behind the super star of Lakeland Kathleen, David Bowden, when it to chunking the football.

The drills directed by Coach Max Wettstein and Coach Hubert Dabney are a Sight to behold to the untrained eye, but the results will be evident when the Yellow Jackets roll onto the gridiron for their football games this fall. Both men do a great job in this capacity.

NAPIER LEAVES FRIDAY

Leesburg's super quarterback from 1969, Mike Napier, will be heading up to Memphis, Tennessee Friday, readying for the opening day of football practice at Memphis State University. Mike received a full football scholarship from the strong Missouri Valley football power and he heads toward the MSU campus to begin the long and difficult trek to becoming
a college football star. Napier has the perfect attitude to make it in the college game and big things are expected from the youngster at the Tennessee school.

Napier's great batterymate last year, Greg Williams, should be heading toward Baton Rouge La. very soon to attend Southern University on a football grant. The mercurial flanker gave the Leesburg yellow jacket fans many moments of pleasure, as he was a superb athlete for the  school.

We will attempt to give a weekly report on the progress of both former Leesburg greats as they strive to make their mark in the NCAA football world.

SEMANCHIK LOOKS FOR BIG YEAR

Gary Semanchik, former LHS football and baseball star, will be leaving our fair city for the campus of Jacksonville University next week, ready to get underway on his final year of collegiate baseball for the Dolphins.

Gary will be finishing up his collegiate career at JU, having transferred there after two big years as the power hitter of the Valencia junior College baseball team. Big Gary hit .341 for the excellent Dolphin diamond squad last season, a year when they wound up rated as the NO. 11 team nationally in the college baseball poll.

With several highly regarded freshmen and junior college transfers coming into the JU program, Gary expects 1970 to surpass 1969, and that is a big order.

While on the subject of Jax University, it is amazing what a strong overall sports program has been established by the small Duval county school. The great Dolphin basketball crew wound up as NCAA national Runnerups, the baseball team finished ranked as NO. 11 in the nation, the JU soccer team was unbeaten for the entire year, and their rowing crew was rated the best in the Southeast. With such glorious heights achieved this year, it would be difficult to expect the same next time, but Dolphins followers are expecting an even better year all around.

Fantastic, isn't it?

TAVARES MUST HAVE A WINNER

The Tavares Bulldogs must have a winner in their new head football coach. In a statement made last week at a local civic club meeting, new coach Jamie Wade promised the faithful Bulldog boosters that their favorites would defeat the Eustis Panthers this season, and that would be a big upset. Tom Comer seems loaded again but Coach Wade ignored this factor in favor of his definite belief that Tavares would win the big rivalry affair.

We were always taught that believing in something strongly enough is over half the battle, so the Tavares-Eustis clash should be a dilly this year.

We always like to see a winning attitude established by a new coach. It becomes a contagious, infectious thing that can turn a fair ball club into a good ball club and we hope this is the case with the Tavares Bulldogs.

We will be over to watch the Eustis
Resources
WAYNE STOKES
Sports Editor
Daily Commercial
www.dailycommercial.com
August 19, 1970

Leesburg Public Library
http://www.ci.leesburg.fl.us/library/











Article provided by:
Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1986 Varsity Jackets Football Lettermen #82
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School
















Gerald is a professional Internet marketer and social media marketing expert. His online business ventures and websites generate multiple streams of income annually. His consulting clients include best selling authors and international speakers.

Gerald is the CEO/President of Lacey LLC and OmariWholesale, Inc. He runs his entire business from his home where he is able to spend quality time with his family and friends. He is passionate about helping individuals to build and monetize their personal brand online